Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Danced Close by Annabeth Albert

Danced Close by Annabeth Albert

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryNewly clean and sober, Todd's taken a shine to his job at Portland's most talked about bakery. It's not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn't try to hide his attraction to Kendall's elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past. 

For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he's grown to love. But he's still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels. Turns out taking the lead for once isn't a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart ...

Review: Danced Close is just the latest in the Portland Heat series, though you don't have to read them in order. I've missed the first few - though I do want to read them at some point - but the latest additions have all been great. While a fairly quick read, I still really enjoyed Danced Close and felt like I got to know the main characters, Todd and Kendall, well. That's always the biggest thing for me!

As for the story, I really liked how different the two guys were. Todd is a recovering addict, but he's getting his life together and doing well at the bakery. As for Kendall, he's a wedding planner that is genderfluid. His pronouns are "he" but that doesn't mean he won't dress in feminine clothes or wear makeup. Todd is more than okay with that - so it works pretty well from the start. The two really get to know each other while taking dance lessons for an event Kendall has coming up. His ex will be there and he wants to show off, and with Todd as his dance partner, the ex is sure to be jealous. This was a fun read - with some more important/serious topics touched on!


Verushka said...

Is it weird that reading your (awesome) review made me hungry? It's the mention of the bakery I think lol But as always, great review! I like the setting in the bakery and dance lessons! sounds fun!

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

I think it's awesome that Todd is genderfluid! I don't think I've ever read a book with a genderfluid love interest (genderqueer, I have). I think this book looks really sweet, and I think we are sometimes in need of those quick, lovely reads in our lives. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Lauren! I hope you like the others that you missed in the series.

Chiara @ Chiara Sullivan

Lisa Mandina said...

I like seeing some genderfluid reviews on your blog. This one totally grabbed me with the cupcakes on the cover too. I'm a sucker for books with bakeries and cupcakes. :-) Great review!

Kit @ Metaphors and Moonlight said...

A genderfluid characters, awesome! There are so few of those out there. And it sounds these two do make a good couple. Plus the dancing stuff sounds fun :-) Great review!